Emilie Ann Wozniak, 83, of Sarasota, FL and Lee’s Summit, MO, died Saturday, September 30, 2023 at home in Lee’s Summit, MO. She passed just one day prior to her 84th Birthday. Wake and funeral services will be held at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 3736 S Lee’s Summit Rd, Independence, MO 64055. Wake will be held Sunday, Oct 8 from Noon to 2PM. Funeral will be held Monday, Oct 9 at 11AM. Father James Healy and Father Jim Taranto will officiate the service. Luncheon to follow at the church. Burial of ashes will be at St Joseph Catholic Cemetery, 12178 Crosswoods School Dr, Pilot Grove, MO 65276 on Mon, Oct 9 at 4:30PM. Dinner at Isle of Capri in Boonville, MO to follow the burial.
Emilie Ann Wozniak was born October 1, 1939 in Pilot Grove, MO, the daughter of Clemence Henry Twenter and Mary Isabelle Twenter Kempf. She graduated from Sts Peter and Paul Catholic High School in Boonville, MO and moved to the city (Kansas City) shortly thereafter, living with several friends, but didn’t even have her drivers license. While obtaining her drivers license she failed the parallel parking portion of the test when the instructor told her, “Now let’s go Park.” She interpreted the instruction incorrectly thinking he wanted to go park/kiss. She resided in Kansas City, Independence and Lee’s Summit, MO most of her life, with the last 20+ years in Sarasota, FL and Lee’s Summit, MO.
She married Walter Wozniak (born October 21, 1934) on November 10, 1962 in Kansas City, MO. He survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Renee Ann Amey (Paul) and Angela Wozniak Minor (Andy), and one son, Gregory John Wozniak (Stephanie), all of Lake Winnebago, MO. Emilie was one of ten siblings. Surviving siblings: Ronald Joseph Twenter, John Henry Twenter, Martha Twenter Revene, Cornelius Leonard Twenter, and Charles Xaiver Twenter. Also surviving are nine grandchildren: Nicholas Isaiah Amey, Alexandria Emilie Amey, Jacob Paul Amey, Samantha Margaret Amey, Austin Walker Minor, Anastasia Maria Minor, Thomas John Wozniak, Daniel Walter Wozniak and Gabriella June Wozniak, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Emilie had a flare for color and an eye for design, working for many years at JC Penny and Dunbar Interiors as a decorator/interior designer, helping clients reimagine their home’s decor to fit their own unique personality. As her children grew and left the nest she became more involved in the choir at St. Mark’s Catholic Church. She also liked to gather with her friends and family for card games or a day on the lake pontooning at Lakewood, reminiscing about all the good times as well as what event they could plan next. She was the Social Chair for their group of friends. She volunteered at the local Thrift store in her later years and loved to purchase and give away treasures she would uncover. Emilie was an avid walker and loved to exercise (yoga, water aerobics, stationary bike, etc.). Almost every trip to the Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota would include a long walk on the beach. Friends would also join her walking the 4.2 miles around the Lakewood West Lake, or in the basement of their Lakewood home for a session with Jane Fonda on VHS. Her heart ran at marathon pace both literally and figuratively for her family and friends until her very last breath.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation (parkinson.org) or The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (give.michaeljfox.org).